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Secret Teacher: I'm fleeing abroad to get my life back

Until the government realises teaching is about more than results, we’re better off out of here<p>Why don’t I socialise more? The problem is that a night out interferes with a Sunday spent marking, and if marking doesn’t happen I will be behind for the week.<p>Related: Top 10 tips on how teachers can …

Teaching

Tariq Ramadan in Turkey “Importance of Critical Thinking for Muslim Societies both in the West & East”

We are pleased to share with you the speech of Dr Tariq Ramadan which was delivered at ISCAT 2015 on April 10th, 2015 in Turkey.<p>Dr Tariq Ramadan was …

15 major book moments missing from the 'Lord of the Rings' movies

<i>Major spoiler warnings for a 60-year-old trilogy ahead, proceed at your own risk.</i><p>Rejoice, for today is Tolkien Reading Day, an annual celebration …

The real stuff of schooling: How to teach students to apply knowledge

Larry Ferlazzo is a veteran teacher of English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. He has written seven books on education — including a few on student motivation, and writes extensively on education issues, including authoring a teacher advice blog for …

Radiant Fatherhood: A Playful and Profound 1925 Meditation on Gender Stereotypes and the Rewards of Parenting

“It is our knowledge — the things we are sure of — that makes the world go wrong and keeps us from seeing and learning.”<p>Legendary muckraker <b>Lincoln Steffens</b> (April 6, 1866–August 9, 1936) is one of the greatest journalists who ever lived, his trailblazing exposés on government corruption having …

Parenting

What's the Universe Made Of? Math, Says Scientist

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Scientists have long used mathematics to describe the physical properties of the universe. But what if the universe itself is math? …

Mathematics

Anthropology is so important, all children should learn it

Opening children's eyes to the wonders of cultural diversity, and the different ways of living sustainably in the world, ought surely to be a core …

Experiences Of Art, Nature And Spirituality May Help Prevent Disease, Study Finds

Taking in the glory of nature at the top of a mountain peak, joining in a song of worship or viewing a breathtakingly beautiful piece of art are some of the experiences that fill us with awe and make us feel most alive. And according to new research, moments like this are both spiritually …

Eyelashes Grow To Just The Right Length To Shield Eyes

Attaching fake eyelashes might make give you a few extra millimeters to bat at your date, but they could also be channeling dust into your eyes. That's because the ideal eyelash length is about one third the width of an eye. And that goes for 22 different animals, not just humans.<p>A group of …

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

Breakthroughs

Congregations Practice Faith Through Environmental Leadership

A growing, multi-denominational religious movement is placing environmental protection at the center of its teaching and practice. Expressed in part by the phrase "creation care," these leaders believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral …

‘Tiny houses’: California homelessness gets new $40 solution (PHOTOS)

An Oakland artist is ingeniously battling homelessness in Oakland, California: he builds small houses out of materials he can find in the streets, …

Get Happy! New Research Shows All Language Might Be Inherently Positive

Spend enough time on the internet, and you might start feeling an inescapable sense of melancholy from the constant barrage of bad news, …

First stars appeared 100m years later than thought, research finds

The first stars twinkled into life some 100m years later than was previously thought, research suggests.<p>Data from the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope indicates that star formation began about 550m years after the big bang that gave birth to the universe.<p>Before that time, described as the …

Architects Want To Turn Old Subway Tunnels Into An Underground Cycling Highway

The conceptual London Underline would offer pedestrians and cyclists an alternate route through central London.<p>London commuters could one day ditch the Tube for a different kind of underground transportation experience. A proposal by global architecture firm Gensler would turn out-of-use metro …

Man Says His Wife Filed For Divorce After He Refused To Give Up Newborn With Down Syndrome

Samuel Forrest says his wife left him after he decided to raise their son, who has Down syndrome. His wife said she thought the baby would be better cared for elsewhere.<p>Forrest's son, Leo, was born on Jan. 21 in an Armenian hospital. He said doctors there broke the news to him that the baby was …

Bolton mosques open doors to public to promote understanding of Islam

Ibrahim Kala, chief officer of the Bolton Council of Mosques, said Bolton mosques are open to visitors all year-round but it was still a worthwhile …

Religion

Muslims Have a Sense of Humour - I've Seen it With my Own Eyes

In last week's podcast my travel companions, Sean Donnelly and Martin Mor and I went to a mosque as a comedically instinctive counter initiative to …

Beyoncé, cute kittens or relentless tragedy? Is good news really news at all?

Digital media,Media,Newspapers,Newspapers & magazines,The news on TV,Television,Vice Media,Daily Mail,National newspapers,Tony Gallagher,UK news,BBC<p>As the industry ponders the number of gloomy stories, our relationship with news seems to be changing Continue reading...